We ended up just sending an email to the in-laws simply stating that we have left evangelical Christianity. We’ll see them tomorrow.
I know that they are relieved that we are no longer attending the church I grew up in. However, evangelicalism has become their main identity. If they are threatened by evolution and naked babies, I don’t foresee any talk about religion being very fruitful.
Thankfully, there are grandkids crawling around who are a much better topic of conversation! (As long as Lil’T doesn’t pray to Goddess or explain that Jesus and Santa Claus aren’t still alive, we should be fine…)
While meeting my parents, I discovered they had decided I was an atheist. My mother was quite surprised to discover that I think it highly likely that Jesus actually existed, that I am not a materialist, and that I am doing better emotionally than I have since… I was 2?
Being treated like I was stupid and could no longer understand the Bible was frustrating, but not as frustrating as the constant put downs my parents gave themselves.
“I know I need a saviour, unworthy, ___, ___ sinner that I am.” (Fill in the blanks with self-loathing terms)
“If there was no resurrection, there is no hope.”
My parents are great at listening, as long as they are listened to as well so we did have some good conversations. And I know that they follow any discussion with further research, so it will be a learning experience for all of us.
My brothers were introduced to Common Sense Atheism and Non-Stamp Collector. Their penance for laughing at it was being subjected to several podcast sermons. Including one printed off and preached to us in hellfire and brimstone glory!
We talked mostly about religion and politics and laughed the majority of the time. Until they let me know about certain abuses, past and present, going on in my former church.
I tried so hard to respect my elders, and but great ballsacks of Zeus!
We’ve decided to arrange a meeting with one of the church leaders who was asking my brothers how the church has failed the young people. We plan to tell him some of the ways it is so harmful. I know other people are concerned with the direction this group is headed, and I want to support anyone who is more concerned about the well being of the people than passing on certain teachings.
And I thought I was done with church…